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Five free resources to help boost learners’ emotional wellbeing

ASDAN has created a free emotional wellbeing bundle of resources in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. These five resources have been selected from popular ASDAN courses and have been designed to encourage young people to explore their emotions, develop healthy relationships and foster a more positive mental wellbeing.

Our free wellbeing resource bundle is aimed at learners aged 13-19 (Entry 3 to Level 1) and includes fun and practical challenges designed to:

  • Support learners to identity and nurture respectful relationships
  • Encourage learners to talk about their feelings
  • Develop strategies for managing their emotions

The resources include session plans, activity ideas and worksheets to support lessons around mental health and emotional wellbeing. Activities include mind maps and group discussions as well as mindful activities such as gardening and cooking. They also include templates for emotion sort cards and ‘emotion eggs’ to help learners’ identify different feelings.

The free wellbeing resource bundle incorporates selected activities from ASDAN’s PSHE Short Course, the new Personal and Social Effectivness qualifications (PSE) and the Personal Development Programmes (PDP), which offer imaginative ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities, abilities and achievements.

Liz Goldney, PSHE Tutor at Oak Bank School in Bedfordshire, recently told us how ASDAN’s emotional wellbeing activities boosted learners’ self-belief.

“ASDAN’s PSHE Short Course plays a vital part in building up our pupils’ confidence,” says Liz. “They respond well to the work, they engage and become more in tune with their own emotions to recognise poor mental health and how to access support. ASDAN’s PSHE Short Course really supports their progression and development into adulthood.” Read the full story here.

Shelley Evett, ASDAN lead at Inaura School, shared how the Personal Development Programmes improved students’ community engagement and future prospects.

“ASDAN’s Personal Development Programmes increase students’ resilience and give them a strong sense of achievement,” says Shelley. “It supports our aims of rebuilding the students’ faith and trust in school and the realisation that education can be fun.

“The flexibility of the programme gives plenty of opportunity to work outdoors and in the community, which provides students with broader life skills and social interaction.” Read the full story here.

80 Miles in May

To boost our staff wellbeing at ASDAN, we’re taking part in the Mental Health Foundations’ 80 Miles in May challenge. Whether it’s cycling, swimming, walking the dog with a friend or running on the spot while the kettle is boiling, we’ll be encouraging our staff to get moving this May and donate to local mental health charity, Bristol Mind.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep updated on our distance. Tag us to let us know how you’re boosting your mental health this month.

More free activities

Have you seen our free cooking and meal preparation resources? Read our recent blog on how to inspire young people to develop their confidence in the kitchen.

Get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our courses.

Support for mental health

Mind is a national charity providing services to reduce poor mental health. If you or someone you know would like support, you can contact Mind’s confidential free helpline to talk and seek advice.